April 23, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009—It’s officially launched: a tour of all 41 libraries in our local Minuteman Library Network.
Who’s part of this event? Close friends who often head out on field trips together: Lola, age 8, who first suggested the tour; Bubbles, age 9; and 21, age 11; along with their moms, Virginia and yours truly. All of us, library lovers. The kids even more so when they travel together.
Why the tour? It’s pretty amazing that we can stroll into any one of dozens of libraries, browse the stacks, settle into a cozy corner to read, then check out all sorts of wonderful reading material just by presenting this one single card, free of charge. So we’re celebrating that fact. At the same time, each library has its own character, and we’d like to discover that as the tour unfolds.
Details: Well, we’re still working on those. Do we include all branch libraries (giving us a total of 64 places to visit), or just the main libraries? (All branches would be fun to try for.) What’s our time frame? (We had thought about the end of summer, but maybe it will take the rest of the year, or into next year?) We tend not to hurry once inside a library, so I have a feeling the details will just sort of fall together over time. (We’d never make it as Minutemen.)
Library # 1: Yesterday, Earth Day, we decided to officially start the tour with a library that none of us had been to before and that wouldn’t require too much gas for travel. So we picked the Goodnow Library in Sudbury.
More soon from the tour.
April 16, 2009
Thursday April 16, 2009—I’ve been working on a double-dactyl poem about the Obamas’ new dog, Bo. “Portuguese water dog” had me off and running. I may have fudged the rules of the form a bit, though tried to stay close. Anyone else want to try one (a double dactyl or a poem about the First Dog, news of which certainly has tongues wagging)?
By Martha Calderaro
Portuguese water dog
Romping in Washington
As the First Pet
Gift from Ted Kennedy,
President’s promise to
Daughters now met.
I just learned from Elaine Magliaro’s site Wild Rose Reader that award-winning children’s poet Kristine O’Connell George (Little Dog Poems and Little Dog and Duncan) has invited students in second, third, and fourth grades to submit mask poems “about our favorite canine friends” to welcome Bo, the First Dog. Find out more.
LOCAL POETRY NEWS: For those in the Natick area, check out the 3rd Thursday Poetry series at Gallery 55 tonight, 7:30 p.m. This week is haiku with Raphael de Gruttola, followed by open mic for those wishing to share a poem. The event is hosted by Molly Saccardo. Gallery 55 is at 55 S. Main Street in Natick (just south of the intersection of Rts. 27 and 135; a few doors down from Bakery on the Common).
POETRY FRIDAY: Check out the roundup this week at Becky’s Book Reviews.
April 9, 2009
April 9, 2009—Not the bicycle commuter he used to be–though still a fan of bike rides–Rob has signed up for this year’s Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC)! He will be riding 163 miles August 1 and 2 (from Wellesley to Provincetown) to raise money for research and cancer treatment at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Center. Anyone wishing to sponsor Rob’s ride (and we thank you!) or wanting more info about the event, go here.
A few people may think he’s crazy to try the PMC. That’s a whole lot of miles in just two days! Training has already begun, and a cushier new saddle purchased. Updates forthcoming.
FIRST UPDATE: I stand corrected. It’s not a “cushier” saddle per se, but a seat sized more specifically for Rob’s derriere. Okay, Rob’s butt. He went to the bike store and had his butt measured. Well, that’s not why he went to the bike store. And no, someone didn’t run a tape measure across his backside. (That’s pretty much what I had pictured.) Instead, he sat on a mushable mold kind of thing, sort of like a Tempur-Pedic pillow, which created an impression of his butt. Two ball bearings were dropped, one on each side of the impression, and at their deepest resting point, the distance between them measured. I had no idea of the science involved. For those who have made it this far, Rob’s butt is officially a medium.
Further updates will not be so anatomically focused.
April 6, 2009
I’m heading over to Laura Purdie Salas’ site today for an online launch party for her new book, Stampede! Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School (Clarion Books; ages 4 to 8 ). Looking forward to checking out the party and the new book! p.s. When I first typed the suggested age range for the book, placing the end parenthesis immediately after the number 8, my computer/this blog template automatically converted to a smiley: ages 4 to 8) . I’ll take that to mean the book is enjoyable for anyone ages 4 and up!
In other April news, today is Opening Day for the Red Sox! Unfortunately, I’m not heading over to Fenway Park for the game. For those who are, bring your rain gear!
April 1, 2009
So many poems and poets to enjoy this month! From Poetry Friday, I found out that Gregory K. at GottaBook is hosting 30 Poets/30 Days, a celebration of children’s poetry featuring previously unpublished poems by a different poet each day in April. His site also includes links to other Poetry Month happenings.
And thanks, Michelle, for passing along word of WGBH’s second season of Poetry Everywhere, including short films spotlighting the works of 24 celebrated poets.
In the spirit of the month, I’m going to dig through my files and pull out some poems that I’ve worked on and, in some cases, have neglected. Time to get them out, shape them up, and share!
Here’s a kids’ poem, inspired by our cat a few years ago:
ON THE PROWL
By Martha Calderaro
My cat Stella
she’s a lion,
so she slinks
Through the garden,
hopeful for a
She springs and darts—
the race is on!
Up the tree,
the squirrel’s gone.
Happy Poetry Month!
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p.s. I just found out that the peace project deadline has been extended to April 30 for those wishing to submit.